1. What book, movie or song has made you want to travel to a particular place? (e.g. I went to Prince Edward Island because I was such a Anne of Green Gables fan)
I find it so easy to transport myself to the places in books and movies. So there are so many places I’ve wanted to visit because of how they’re portrayed in these mediums. My top three are: New York City, London, and Italy.
2. Aside from your significant other, who would you want to take with you on a dream trip?
My mom, of course. I’ve never been on a vacation without her and I just have so much fun with her! We’re so alike and we like to do a lot of the same things. We do have our different interests but there’s just something special about traveling with your mom. You can’t get homesick, for one thing. And for another, you build amazing memories that will last for a lifetime. And also, my mom is just plain awesome and I love being around her.
3. Where would said dream trip be to?
It would definitely be New York City. I’m hoping and praying we’ll be able to take this trip in December for my graduation gift but I know how expensive it is so it’s going to take some big prayers. I’ve never been to such a big city and it would be neat to see how I like it. I’m such a fan of the small town that I think I would get irritated easily.
4. If you were hosting guests or providing tips, what three things would you show visitors to your hometown? (Be it where you live now or where you grew up.)
First of all, your first meal would be a Publix sub. Yes, it sounds a little odd but if you’ve never had a Publix sub, you’re seriously missing out. They are so good.
Secondly, we would take a trip down to Clearwater Beach because hello, you cannot go to my town without spending at least one afternoon at the beach. I may not be a big fan of the beach, but I do like taking a trip or two to the beach every now and then.
And lastly, we’ll do some shopping at International Mall because it’s an amazing mall with every shop you could ever imagine. I don’t go there enough, mainly because it’s an expensive mall and the only places I can shop I can find in other malls closer to me. But it’s still fun to look!
5. If you had a long weekend ahead of you, where you head – beach, city or country/mountains?
It would have to be the beach. We don’t have mountains in Florida and going to the city just doesn’t appeal to me. I have to be in the mood for the beach and right now? I’m so in the mood! Once my finals are over, I’ll have about a week before summer classes start so I’m taking advantage of that time to soak in the sun! We have miles and miles and miles of beaches where I live and it’s only about a 20 minute ride to get to them.
6. Do you have a passport? If so, did you get it for a particular trip or just to have, in case?
No, I don’t have a passport. I’ve never ventured farther west than Tennessee, farther east than West Virginia, farther north than Ohio, or farther south than Florida. I want travel more, but it’s expensive!
7. Are there any travel souvenirs you collect? If not, is there something else you collect?
Since I don’t travel, no. I’m trying to start collecting money, but it’s not going so well.
8. If you could name a paint colour, what colour would it be and what would you call it?
I think I would choose a very bright shade of green and call it Stephany Green. And that, my friends, is how creative I am. My kids will probably be named John and Mary.
9. If you were heading away for a weekend city break solo, where would you go? (Forget about practicality here and flight times, assume you can get to any city in the world for the weekend.)
Ooh, I have to go alone? I would probably travel to Boston and visit a very special friend of mine. And she would probably corrupt me. But it would still be worth it.
10. Is there a song or a smell or something that you strongly associate with a particular holiday/place/time, such that it always takes you back?
There are so many songs that take me back to memories:
- Anna Nalick’s CD “Wreck of the Day”: The summer after I graduated from high school and was working at a movie theater. I listened to her CD constantly that summer.
- Wow Hits 2000: Sixth grade when I had terrible insomnia. I really hate listening to any songs on that CD because I get such an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, remembering that time. I hated sixth grade.
- “London Bridge” by Fergie: My first year at college, where I lived in the dorms. I downloaded this song as my ringtone to wake me up and just remember that pretty awful time of my life.
- Francesca Battistelli’s CD “My Paper Heart”: Summer 2008, where I worked as an office assistant at a print shop and traveled up to Tampa two days a week for class. I listened to this CD constantly every day. For once, that was a good time and just brings back lovely memories.
- Ashlee Simpson’s “Autobiography” CD: My junior year of high school when I had just began at the collegiate program. This is probably the best memory I can think of. I loved those last two years of high school and loved my high school. It was such a great experience for me!
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